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This concluding chapter of the book, which focuses on animal images in Proverbs. The animal imagery in Proverbs draws on various zoological categories, birds, insects, and reptiles; wild animals and predators and domesticated animals. Together they convey a variety of behavioral codes and habits. The book examines representative sample of literary parallels to typological images of animals as found in ancient Near Eastern literature, such as the close association of royal power with the lion. The book of Proverbs is grounded in the daily fabric of life in biblical times. A variety of models of human behavior are drawn from the sage's understanding of the order and balance of the natural world. The wider perspective has enabled us to evaluate rhetorical emphases and conceptual tendencies expressed through animal imagery in wisdom teachings and to discern conceptions of and attitudes about certain animals.

Keywords: animal imagery; birds; Eastern literature; human behavior; insects; proverbs; reptiles



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